Yaya Toure back when he dominated the Premier League with Manchester City. — AFP Photo Peter Cowan Opportunity knocks but once, or so the saying goes, but not it seems for V.League 1 clubs, who by some accounts have spurned two great opportunities in recent weeks. Yaya Toure and Yohan Cabaye were both linked with moves to the V.League 1 recently but neither has ended up in Viet Nam, with Toure taking a coaching role in Ukraine and Cabaye (who has Vietnamese heritage) retiring. Either one would have been a blockbuster signing for Vietnamese football, but Toure, in particular, would have been a true marquee arrival, as a player, coach or a combination of the two. Now, at this point, the cynical among you may ask how likely it ever really was that a Premier League, La Liga, Champions League and Africa Cup of Nations winner was going to strut his stuff in the V.League 1? Can clubs over here really afford to pay the wages a player like Yaya Toure can command? And wouldn't the money be better spent on long-term development rather than a flashy signing? I planned on writing this column as a debate on the merits of… Read full this story
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